Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


I read this book out loud to my nine year old son. At first he was annoyed that I was reading a "bunny kid book" to him, but after the first chapter he was hooked (and so was I). I love it when an author can take a simple object, somewhat "kiddish" and give it a dynamic personality.  Edward's journey starts with a little girl who loves him dearly, yet he doesn't love her back. He then gets lost and finds himself with an elderly couple.  His journey leads him from one owner to the next...all love him dearly and he began to love them back.  I loved the progression of how he changed from a non-caring being to someone who knew love.  The descriptions were so vivid.  You could see the frilly dress that was made for him, the hobo and his dog, the garbage, and the very sick child who smiled the moment Edward was given to her.  You wondered at every twist and turn if Edward would come out ok...because he was a china rabbit, easy to break. And then when he did break, the twists and turns of his redemption were page turning.
This is a great read aloud book for elementary kids. But, I found it to be a fun read as well.

5 comments:

Elise said...

This is one of the best books I've ever read. I stumbled upon it by accident and I'm so glad I did! I read it often and still cry every time!! I get so excited to hear of other people who enjoy it.

mummazappa said...

sounds like a real treasure, just put it on the list for my boy!

Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

I have this one on my list, and glad to hear that its a good one. The drawings look so sweet.

Teri K said...

Thanks for the review. I've been wondering about this book, as it looks so different from her others.

MaDonna Maurer said...

I'm going to read the first few chapters out loud to my son's class tomorrow. I thought I'd try to get some of them hooked with it...